Local and national Collaborations
Besides the Max Planck Society, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) are among the most important funding sources of the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE).
Traditionally, the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) has long-standing interactions and cooperations with the University of Freiburg and its associated University Medical Center. One of the best examples of this successful cooperation is the joint University Department of Molecular Immunology that conducts research at the MPI-IE since 1996. With the establishment of the joint University Laboratory of Immunometabolism in 2015, the MPI-IE was able to continue and expand this partnership.
Furthermore, there are numerous research consortia that build on the collaborations between the MPI-IE and the University. For example, MPI-IE research groups are integrated in the cluster of excellence “BIOSS 2 - Centre for Biological Signalling Studies” funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Center of Chronic Immunodeficiency CCI, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Collaborative Research Centres (CRC, german: Sonderforschungsbereiche, SFB) are long-term university-based research institutions funded by the DFG, in which researchers work together within a multidisciplinary research programme. Within several CRCs based in Freiburg scientstist of the MPI-IE are in leading positions or working in close cooperation with their colleagues from University and the Medical Center.
Scientific Training & Education
Another major focus of the interactions between the MPI-IE and the University of Freiburg is the education of young scientists. Most group leaders including directors, who are usually affiliated with the faculties of biology or medicine, are involved in active teaching. All MPI-IE research groups also participate in the International Max-Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Biology (IMPRS-MCB). This joint international PhD Program of the MPI-IE and the University of Freiburg provides an outstanding scientific education in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Immunobiology and Epigenetics.
Deep – German Epigenome Program
Strong interactions exist also within the BMBF funded Project "DEEP - German Epigenome Program" (2012-2017), a collaboration of 14 research institutions and industry partners all over Germany. DEEP contributes to IHEC, the ‘International Human Epigenome Consortium’ by generating and interpreting up to 80 reference epigenomes of selected human cells and tissues. It focuses on the analysis of cells connected to complex diseases with high socio-economic impact: metabolic diseases such as steatosis and adipositas as well as inflammatory diseases of the joints and the intestine.